When: September 7, 2013 CPAA will join other area rescue groups at the Hummelstown Pet Valu, 261 Hershey Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an adoption extravaganza! Stop out to meet some awesome dogs in search of their forever homes, including Homer, Hope, Ruby and Precious (visit their Dogs for Adoption page to see them now!). www.cpaa.info
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,771 people, 5,451 households, and 3,297 families residing in the CDP. The population density in Hershey was 886.5 people per square mile. There were 5,887 housing units at an average density of 408.7/sq mi.The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.07% White, 2.12% African American, 0.06% Native American, 4.87% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Hispanic, Italian or Latino of any race were 1.55% of the population. There were 5,451 households out of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.86. In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 23.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.1 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $45,098, and the median income for a family was $63,385. Males had a median income CDP was $28,487. About 3.8% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.9% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.
Many people consider our area to be one of the most pet friendly parts of the state. If you know people who are traveling here, you can share the following list of pet-friendly, hotels. We recommend checking before recommending because sometimes the hotels’ policies change. Please let us know if you know about any others!
- Americas Best Value Inn
- Comfort Inn Harrisburg
- Comfort Inn Riverfront
- Crowne Plaza Harrisburg
- Days Inn Grantville
- Econo Lodge Wormleysburg
- Hilton Harrisburg And Towers
- Holiday Inn Express Harrisburg East
- Holiday Inn Express Harrisburg NE
- Holiday Inn Harrisburg East
- La Quinta Inn Harrisburg Airport/Hershey
- Ramada Harrisburg Hershey Area
- Red Roof Inn – Harrisburg South
- Red Roof Inn Harrisburg North
- Residence Inn Harrisburg Hershey
- Sheraton Harrisburg/Hershey
- Towneplace Suites By Marriott Harrisburg Hershey
For those of you who are not aware of the amazing things that Kelly does in our community as well as our hospital, just read the interview below: Where are you originally from? I grew up in Hershey, PA How long have you been at AHDC? 26 years Where did you go to school? Hershey High School then Harcum College for Veterinary Technology Describe your role in the area pet community? I find homes for most of the kittens that are dropped off at my boarding stable and take care of the ones that stay. They are like my own cats. What would you say is the most important impact that our hospital has? The caring staff and our work with Castaway Critters What would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had? I haven’t done anything recently, but would like to use my Charity Day to help out CATRA (Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association) At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets? In elementary school when my mother realized I was spending my allowance feeding the stray cats in the neighborhood. List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones): I didn’t have any pets as a child because I grew up in an apartment, but after college and marriage I have had many cats: Abby, Harry, Katie, Fred, and Alfred all who lived to be 18-21 years old. My first horse Satch who I had for 21 years and lived to be 29 years. I now have 2 cats -Savannah (10 years) and O’Malley (4 years) and a new Arabian horse Ladda (18 years). What kind of food do you feed your pets? My cats are on Hill’s Prescription Y/D because Savannah is hyperthyroid and O’Malley also is fed Hill’s C/D. I only discovered that Savannah was hyperthyroid while doing wellness blood work since she wasn’t showing any signs of illness yet. What is your favorite movie? “The Mummy” with Brendan Fraser What kind of music do you like? Classic rock – I grew up in the 70’s What was the last book that you read? A James Patterson novel What is your favorite TV show? I love “Everybody Loves Raymond” re-runs and True Blood on HBO Where was your last vacation? Williamsburg, VA. We also go to Disney World at least once a year. What is your favorite restaurant? Dafno’s and Devon Seafood If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be? James Herriot (if he was still alive) Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting: I spend most of my free time riding and caring for my horse and I love to travel with my husband of 27 years. I was a competitor on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” in 2000 when Regis was still hosting. It was a once in a lifetime adventure.
National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage. You can celebrate by planning a fun activity with your dog or contacting one of the local shelter/rescue groups in our area to learn about the various ways in which you can help them. For example:
Susquehanna Service Dogs breeds, raises and trains service dogs to assist individuals with disabilities. They train service, hearing, balance and companion dogs. Keystone Therapy Dogs, a program of Susquehanna Service Dogs, works with children in Capital Area Head Start and children with autism, and visits the antepartum and psychiatric units at Pinnacle Health. They have an amazing website so to learn more about Susquehanna Service Dogs, go to: https://www.keystonehumanservices.org/susquehanna-service-dogs/default.php
International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) was created to recognize of all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations. Assistance dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family. During International Assistance Dog Week, we recognize and honor the hardworking assistance dogs; raise awareness and educate the public about how these specially trained animals are aiding so many people in our communities; honor the puppy raisers and trainers of assistance dogs; and recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities. There are many great assistance dog organizations and companies in the area including: www.k94life.org . To learn more about International Assistance Dog Week, go to: www.assistancedogweek.org
We are currently seeking a full-time veterinary technician to join our team. Certification is preferred, but not required. However, experience working as a technician in a veterinary hospital is required. We pride ourselves by striving to offer a welcoming environment for our staff to enable the absolute highest standard of care for our patients. We offer competitive benefits and we continue to grow as a hospital. Please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more.
Next week we’ll be running a multitude of stories about International Assistance Dog Week and assistance dog organizations in our area. In the spirit of the Olympics, we just saw this video and we decided to share it with you. www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-18832930 Friends Wendy Morrell and Karen Ruddlesden, from Dorset, nominated each other as torchbearers and they were both accepted. Wendy sustained a head injury in a sporting accident and uses a wheelchair, while Karen has Addison’s disease, sometimes referred to as a hidden disability. Both are strong advocates for assistance dogs, saying their dogs Udo and Coco have changed their lives. They carried the flame on Friday afternoon before the opening ceremony: Wendy in Upton and Karen in Poole.
On July 23rd we wrote a story about an amazing rescue effort in our community. On Saturday, July 21st Castaway Critters, The James A. Hueholt Memorial Foundation for Animals took in 31 puppy mill dogs – one was slipped in for good measure! We were only expecting 30. We now need to make up for the rather large vet bill that comes with a rescue of this size. Bill Forgy is championing a subs, kaiser and pretzel sandwich sale. Orders are due August 12 and delivery date is August 21. If you can help sell or would like to order, email bill at email@example.com. Just one small way you can help even if you can’t afford to donate! To learn more about Castaway Critters, go to www.castawaycritters.org